Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel (5) throws in the fourth quarter of the spring game at Notre Dame Stadium. Kiel wore the number five jersey in honor of his uncle and former quarterback Blair Kiel who died on April 8, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss, Mississippi State Among Teams Contacting Gunner Kiel

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel is looking to transfer and he already has a number of schools interested in his services. He very publicly attended Cincinnati’s spring scrimmage at the end of March and now a few more teams are throwing their hats in the mix for the No. 1 quarterback from the 2012 recruiting class.

Along with Cincinnati, Kiel has received interest from MAC schools Ball State, Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois, along with a trio of schools from the SEC — Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Of the three SEC schools Kiel has been contacted by, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are the more serious contenders to land him.

Kiel confirmed the interest he has received from these teams during an interview with ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad.

Throughout his young college career, Kiel has had some commitment issues, but it is hard to blame him for looking to get out of his gig with Notre Dame. Kiel couldn’t beat our Everett Golson last season and he would have likely sat behind the signal-caller that led the Fighting Irish to a national game appearance again this year.

By transferring, Kiel will get a chance to build a strong relationship with his quarterbacks coach in 2013 before competing for a starting job in 2014.

If he is looking for a team loaded with young talent that could be poised for a breakout, then he should strongly consider making the jump to Oxford. On offense, Kiel would have a weapon in Laquon Treadwell and a very nice line up front led by Laremy Tunsil when he got on to the field in 2014.

Where do you think would be the best spot for Kiel to succeed? Sound off in the comments section and share your thoughts with us.

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